The BEST episodes of The Looming Tower

Every episode of The Looming Tower ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Looming Tower!

The rivalry between the FBI and CIA and how it may have inadvertently set the stage for Osama bin Laden and the tragedy of 9/11. Based on the non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright.

Last Updated: 8/28/2023Network: HuluStatus: Ended
662 votes

#1 - 9/11

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/18/2018

September 11, 2001 and no one can get a hold of O’Neill. Soufan’s evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA Station Chief gives him all the answers he has been asking from the CIA for months. Schmidt is reinstated into Alec Station. Soufan finally interrogates Abu Jandal.

Directors: Craig Zisk
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633 votes

#2 - Tuesday

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/11/2018

The CIA becomes aware that Hazmi and Mihdhar are gone and must relay that to the FBI. O’Neill accepts a job as head of security at the World Trade Center. Soufan is sent back to Yemen. Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta head to Vegas for a final indulgence.

Directors: Craig Zisk
Writer: Adam Rapp
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A Very Special Relationship
639 votes

#3 - A Very Special Relationship

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/4/2018

Everyone adjusts to a new president and, with it, a shift in threat priority. Soufan learns of the importance of UBL’s bodyguard and is refused access to him. O’Neill is denied re-entry into Yemen and forced to resign. The terrorists in the U.S., Hazmi, Mihdhar and Atta, are lost by their U.S. handler.

Directors: Craig Zisk
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Mistakes Were Made
735 votes

#4 - Mistakes Were Made

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/28/2018

The FBI finds one of the surviving terrorists and discovers a game changing lead in Nairobi, while the CIA’s retaliation plan in approved.

Directors: John Dahl
Writer: Bash Doran
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Losing My Religion
820 votes

#5 - Losing My Religion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/28/2018

Following the simultaneous embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the FBI begins its investigation on the ground, while the CIA starts working on a retaliation plan.

Directors: John Dahl
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The General
611 votes

#6 - The General

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/28/2018

O'Neill and Soufan travel to Yemen to begin the investigation into the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The FBI becomes aware of a meeting in Malaysia and of Khallad, without knowing the CIA has been aware of both of those things for months.

Directors: Michael Slovis
Writer: Ali Selim
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Boys at War
664 votes

#7 - Boys at War

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/21/2018

Vince continues asking for permission to share Mihdhar's visa with the FBI. O'Neill loses his briefcase and an investigation into his handling of classified materials begins. A boy, radicalized after the CIA's retaliation attack killed his friend, travels to Yemen to start his own martyrdom journey.

Directors: Michael Slovis
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Now It Begins...
950 votes

#8 - Now It Begins...

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/28/2018

The chief of the FBI’s counter-terrorism unit, John O’Neill, invites rookie Muslim-American agent, Ali Soufan, onto his squad. Fighting to get information from the CIA, they soon realize their work is just beginning…as two American embassies are bombed.

Directors: Alex Gibney
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711 votes

#9 - Mercury

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/7/2018

Continuing to keep information from the FBI, Schmidt is fired from Alec Station. Diane makes an important discovery about the owner of the phone number Owhali gave Chesney. O'Neill searches for solace in his faith as his personal and professional lives crumble before him.

Writer: Adam Rapp
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684 votes

#10 - Y2K

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/14/2018

The CIA and FBI are on high alert as threats surrounding the new millennium abound. O'Neill and Soufan raid an AQ cell in Brooklyn. The CIA continues to hide vital information from the FBI while they track suspicious individuals entering the U.S.

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